WBC members, Lisa Destefano and Linda Lin honored by the SBA


By: Women's Business Center
Date: Sunday, Apr 17, 2005
Publication: Manchester Union Leader

Lisa DeStefano, founder of DeStefano Architects in Portsmouth, was named New Hampshire SBA's 2005 Woman Business Owner of the Year.

DeStefano founded DeStefano Architects in 1995 and has since grown it into a 10-person firm with more than a million dollars in annual revenue.

Recent commercial work in downtown Portsmouth includes the luxury Porter Street Townhouses, the expansion and renovation of the Portsmouth Gaslight Company, and the multi-use 28 Deer Street building. DeStefano Architects also designed Portsmouth's largest commercial project, the Hilton Garden Inn, which broke ground in March.

"I always knew that I wanted to establish a business in the city that I grew up in and love," said DeStefano, who was born in what was once Portsmouth's Little Italy and is known today as the Northern Tier. I'm proof that dreams can come true."

Linda Lin, founder of Butternut Design, of Bedford, was named the New Hampshire SBA's 2005 Women in Business Champion of the Year. Lin founded her business in 1996 and provides customized business and computer consulting services to a wide variety of clients ranging from small local companies to Fortune 500 companies.

Lin is a graduate of Harvard University with a master's of business administration from the Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management.

One area that she focused on during her studies was women's pay equity. Her interest in this subject was a driving force behind her decision to volunteer with the Women's Business Center in Portsmouth.

Lin resides in Bedford with her husband, Ben Miller, and daughter, Rebecca.

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